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Monday, September 13, 2010

Safety Drills, Donuts and Smooth Sailing Back to Wellington, September 13th

After deploying the tripods, we ran a safety drill. This is required regularly on ships, and it’s always good to be reminded of what to do in the event of an emergency. I had a friend who was the chief mate on a tall ship, and many years ago she recounted to me a story of her having to lead an abandon ship during a hurricane in the Atlantic. I have never forgotten her tale, and to this day I take drills and learning emergency procedures seriously. Of course, this is good advice for all of us to consider on a regular basis for a variety of emergencies, e.g., what to do in the case of a fire at home or work, a car accident, a tornado or an approaching hurricane. During our time in New Zealand, there was obviously much discussion about earthquake response. Videos reminding people to “drop, hold and cover” aired regularly during the past week. Although the enactments were a bit silly their message was simple, clear and could be critically to saving lives. We all need to be ready for the unexpected, particularly at sea where a calm day can quickly turn into a nightmare.
After the drill, Carol had whipped up some amazing homemade donuts and éclairs. Once we filled our bellies and our allotted time with the collection of a few more cores, the Captain turned the ship to the south and began the long steam home. We fortunate to have relatively smooth seas for the trip home, so we could get all our stuff rinsed with freshwater and packed away and then enjoy the beautiful New Zealand coastline, play some cards and relax. All in all it was a very successful cruise.

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